Comin' at Ya!

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Comin' at Ya!
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Directed by Ferdinando Baldi
Produced by Tony Anthony
Written by Lloyd Battista
Wolf Lowenthal
Gene Quintano
Esteban Cuenca
Ramón Plana
Story by Tony Pettito
Starring Tony Anthony
Gene Quintano
Victoria Abril
Ricardo Palacios
Music by Carlo Savina
Cinematography Fernando Arribas
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
The Lupo-Anthony-Quintano Company
Distributed by Filmways Pictures
Release date
July 24, 1981
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $12,000,000[1]

Comin' at Ya! is a Spanish-American 3D Western film, featuring Tony Anthony, Victoria Abril and Gene Quintano and directed by Ferdinando Baldi.[2]

It was produced as a co-production between American company Filmways and The Lupo-Anthony-Quintano Company, an independent company. Released in 1981, the film effectively started the 3D film boom of the early 1980s. The same filmmakers returned in 1983 with Treasure of the Four Crowns.


H.H. Hart, a bank robber, loses his wife to kidnappers on their wedding day. Subsequently, she is traded as a prostitute by villain Gene Quintano. H.H. Hart races against time to find his wife, with the help of a Scottish preacher. The film features many 3D effects, many of which are intended to "fly off the screen" at the audience.


Stereoscopic 3-D Process[edit]

Comin' at Ya was filmed in the then-common over-and-under, single-strip 3-D format. Two Techniscope-format frames, one for the left-eye image and one for the right-eye image, are stacked one above the other in the same area as one ordinary 'Scope-format frame.[citation needed] The resulting frames, though diminished in size, yielded a nominal aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

The lens system used was Optimax III (Bill Bukowski of Optimax III served as 3D Technical Advisor), notorious for introducing vertical parallax error owing to its flawed design (i.e., the optical axes of its twin lenses are not at the same horizontal level). The film's posters by turns heralded the 3-D process as SuperVision and WonderVision.[citation needed]

Projection required prismatic or "mirror box" converters in front of an ordinary spherical projection lens. These converters were meant to converge the stacked left and right pictures on the screen, at the same time cross-polarizing them to match the filters in the 3-D glasses worn by the audience.[citation needed]

By some accounts, Tony Anthony himself designed a relatively low-cost projection lens which made the film marketable for general release.[citation needed] It is further claimed that during the film's initial run, its unexpected success caused it to be pulled from release when the distributor realized they were running out of 3-D glasses.[citation needed]

DVD release[edit]

This film was released on DVD in the Anaglyph 3D process. The conversion procedure involved separating the over and under images and digitally combining them as red and cyan images layered over each other.[citation needed]


In May 2009, a new restoration of the film was announced. In late January 2011 it was announced by Fangoria magazine that they would be sponsoring the film's premiere screening.[citation needed] The premiere screening of this newly restored version was held at the Berlin Film Festival on February 12, 2011.[3]

In January 2016, for the movie's 35th anniversary, a remastered version was released for home video, which includes new 5.1 surround sound.[4]


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